AUSTRALIAN BLOODSTOCK COUNTRY MAIDEN SHOWCASE PLATE Tips (Race 3)
Tamworth Value Bet - Race 3 No. 15 Lily's Lolly
Following a slick trial win, this filly was well supported prior to her Wellington debut on March 28 where she never settled from the start and was then hanging out throughout the run, resulting in her finishing towards the tail.
Forced to trial again, she was super impressive in a Gosford heat on April 7, winning an 800m heat under a good hold for Mikayla Weir who was also aboard in that first race day outing, so expecting the rapport to be stronger now.
In what looks to be quite a weak Maiden, we'll give her the benefit of the doubt at start two now she has that racing experience and although they've drawn out, Lily's Lolly can offset that with her early speed.
THE BAXTER BOOTS “GOLDEN BOOT” COUNTRY MAGIC CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Tamworth Next Best Bet - Race 5 No. 2 Levi's Storm
GREAT NORTHERN TAMWORTH SHOWCASE CUP Tips (Race 7)
Tamworth Feature Tip - Race 7 No. 2 Two Big Fari
A seven-time winner from 13 career starts, Two Big Fari has been a very genuine performer and although he is drawn out in a very open edition of the Tamworth Cup, they will be looking to roll forward.
Rumours of a virus with this gelding certainly wasn't ideal, so he was vulnerable first-up but still boxed on strongly despite spotting 7.5kg to the quinella and now with the winkers going on with a run under the belt, he can improve, now dropping a massive 6kg off that performance.
After finding the Kosciuszko a little slick fresh in the spring, the five-year-old was only beaten two lengths in a Benchmark 88 in town before saluting in a Benchmark 78, defeating Great News, who won either side of that, including a dominant first-up victory this autumn.
DUTTON ELECTRICAL JOHN CLIFT MEMORIAL - BENCHMARK 58 SHOWCASE HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Tamworth Best Bet - Race 8 No. 2 Ice In Vancouver
One of the more interesting runners on Friday's Tamworth program is this returning three-year-old, who was excellent in his first campaign, recording comfortable back-to-back victories before a flop in the Kosciuszko at start three.
There were definite excuses for that failure, with the post-race veterinary examination revealing that Ice In Vancouver suffered cardiac arrhythmia and it was quite a severe case, so a good spell followed that performance with the gelding impressing in his most recent trial.
He ended up in another postcode to his rivals when striding away for an easy victory over the 1000m here on April 6 and is clearly much better than this level, albeit it is a strong 58 but one that he shouldn't have trouble with if back to anything resembling his best.